Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Oh, the Primulas

I bent down low to get a photo of this lovely cream flowered Primula auricula and noticed a wonderful scent.  My other auriculas are not scented, but this one was heavenly.  I bought it from Wrightman Alpines and though there was a sign for the auricula "Chorister" in the area, I do not think this is "Chorister", as that is an intense yellow flower with white center.  I have no idea what my primula's name might be.  There is another quite similar but with some hints of pink in the flowers.
Unnamed Primula auricula
Another hardy Primula auricula
     This beautiful clump of purple and gold blooming primula has been divided several times already and was a gift from my friend Barbara.  It thrives in the part shade under a deciduous tree.  Among these are several other tiny primulas, violas, and the miniature narcissus "Minnow".  It is a charming combination.  Not enough good things can be said for garden auriculas.  They do so well here.  Don't make the mistake of buying a "show" auricula though, as they are intended for a sheltered life in very particular conditions indoors.  However, you are unlikely to find one of these unless you are seeking plants in more specialized garden shops (i.e. not Walmart or Canadian Tire, or probably anywhere in Saskatchewan for that matter).      


Northern Shade said...

That soft yellow of your unknown, but beautifully scented, primula would combine well with so many spring flowers.

kvbk said...

I agree -- you can't overpraise garden auriculas. Mine are almost finished, a zone or two warmer than you. While show auriculas are hard to fine (Wrightman is one source), they actually do make good garden plants. The only reason to grow them under cover (I haven't found they do well indoors) is to protect the farina (e.g. that white ring on 'Chorister') from rain, which will spatter or smear it. Not a huge concern unless you want to enter the plant in a show. I have some pictures of my auriculas on my blog - and more to come soon: http://theplantsigrow.wordpress.com/